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Health and Public Policy Committee


Recommend to the Board of Regents College policy regarding national, state or local public policies on issues broadly affecting the health of the public, individual patients, and the practice of medicine.

Composition (15)

Chair, who is a Regent; Vice-Chair, who is a Governor; 11 members, including at least one Regent, at least one Governor, one Resident/Fellow member, one Medical Student, and one Early Career Physician member.

The President and Chair of the Board of Regents are ex officio, voting members.


Chair, Vice Chair, and members-at-large serve one year terms, renewable up to three times for a total of four years, unless extended by the Chair, Board of Regents.

2020-21 Members

Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP, Chair
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Director, Arkansas Cancer Institute
Little Rock, AR
Specialty: ONC

David R. Hilden, MD, MPH, FACP, Vice Chair
(Governor) Minnesota
Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, MN
Specialities: IM, HOS

Micah W. Beachy, DO, FACP
(Governor) Nebraska
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE
Specialty: IM, Hospitalist

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP
(Governor) New Mexico
Lagom Health, Internal Medicine Primary Care, private practice
Clinical Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty: IM

William A. Curry, MD, MACP
(Governor) Alabama
Professor of Medicine,
Associate Dean for Primary Care and Rural Health
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Sr. VP for Population Health, UAB Health System
Birmingham, AL
Specialty: IM

Lee S. Engel, MD, PhD, FACP
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Department of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
Specialties: IM, ID

Matthew F. Hollon, MD, MPH, FACP
(Governor) Washington
Clinical Professor, UW School of Medicine -- Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership
Associate Program Director, Providence IM Residency Spokane
Spokane, WA
Specialty: IM

Suja Mariam Mathew, MD, FACP (Regent)
Chair, Department of Medicine
Cook County Health & Hospitals System
Chicago, IL
Specialty: IM, Hospital Medicine

Molly Southworth, MD, MPH, MACP (Regent)
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Medical Education
University of Alaska Anchorage/ WWAMI
Specialty: END

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA (Regent)
Professor of Internal Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
Lead Physician, Summa Health Medical Group, Infectious Disease
Summa Health
Akron, OH
Specialties: Infectious Diseases, IM

Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, MACP (President)
(Ex-officio Member)
Managing Partner
McDuffie Medical Associates
Thomson, GA
Specialty: IM

Heather E. Gantzer, MD, MACP (Chair, Board of Regents)
(Ex-officio Member)
Internist, General Internal Medicine
Park Nicollet Clinic
Nocturnist, Park Nicollet Hospitalist Program
Methodist Hospital
Specialties: IM/Hospital Medicine

Menaka Dhingra, Cedar Grove, NJ – CSM

Christiana Shoushtari, MD, MPH, MS, Chicago, IL – CRFM

Tracey Henry, MD, MPH, MS, FACP, Power Springs, GA – CECP

Staff Liaison: Renee Butkus